"Vantage", LEGO Game Boy Advance Transformer by Baron von Brunk. Check out the tutorial on Instructables to build your own!

At last, the next LEGOformer in my most popular series — Vantage, a powerful robot that transforms into a Nintendo Game Boy Advance, armed with battery blasters and parody “Boom” automatic shotgun! With a basic design much akin to my Game Boy robot Domaster, along with a refined transformation cycle similar to that of my Game Gear robot Gearhead, this new figure is very sturdy and well-articulated. My previous LEGOformers were built “organically”, as in I’d compile a ton of relevant pieces and build the robot via trial and error — whilst this particular one was my first to be almost entirely designed on the computer with LEGO Digital Designer before being physically built and tested. That being said, the 3D instructional guide was released simultaneously. What was the most challenging part? That Boom shotgun: I spent several days trying to make one that looks like an actual gun as well as having the ability to be held by the robot as a weapon. I chose Doom since that was my favorite GBA game I played in high school back in 2002. My second favorite GBA game was Namco Museum!

-Baron von Brunk

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LEGO City: Undercover Release Party at Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center!

In early 2013, after the publicity of my giant LEGO NES controller, Nintendo of America commissioned me to create a custom display to promote their spring 2013 release of “LEGO City: Undercover”. I gradually worked on most of these creations throughout January-March 2013, and unveiled them at the flagship store on Saturday April 6th. I was also invited to stay the whole day and greet customers, as I proudly displayed several of my other popular Nintendo-themed LEGO models! What you see here are the various LEGO creations all made by me, which are currently on display at the Rockefeller Center — and shall remain in the glass case until the end of the month — whereupon some will get permanently displayed! (taken on April 6th, 2013)

I felt rather honored to keep my famous Game Boy Transformer in a glass case alongside the Operation Desert Storm battle damaged Game Boy — made me feel like a real American! Unfortunately, I could only fit a few of the Fireflower Airship's mini ships, and not the bow and stern. The Lake Hylia scientist was omitted due to his size (and lack of space), and the Super Mario coin block lamp wasn’t plugged in. Regardless, I hung out by my display all afternoon and met a ton of new fans — many of which were young LEGO builders to whom I gave encouragement! Don’t waste your time following instructions… Instead, create your own original stuff that rocks — such as transforming Nintendo accessories!

-Baron von Brunk

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For the public display event at Rockefeller Plaza next month, I’m rebuilding Domaster with a major upgrade. The people have spoken… MOAR BATTERIES!! (oh, and better, sturdier flexibility, too)
- Baron von Brunk

For the public display event at Rockefeller Plaza next month, I’m rebuilding Domaster with a major upgrade. The people have spoken… MOAR BATTERIES!! (oh, and better, sturdier flexibility, too)

- Baron von Brunk

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Soon.
… Soon.
(true story).
-Baron von Brunk

Soon.

… Soon.

(true story).

-Baron von Brunk

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The handheld wars: who would win? You decide! One battery-hog to rule them all!
Domaster vs. Gearhead
-Baron von Brunk

The handheld wars: who would win? You decide! One battery-hog to rule them all!

Domaster vs. Gearhead

-Baron von Brunk

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I made the weekly staff pick… Again - again!

That’s right, folks: for a third time, the staff of LEGO CUUSOO have chosen my entry — the LEGOformers for the weekly pick! Each week, the website showcases a chosen entry that’s based on a weekly theme, such as Star Wars, history, modular, video games, animals, sports, architecture et al; several months back, I made the staff pick for “robots”, then in the summer I got picked again for “video games” — and since these entries hold strong amongst fans and admins alike, these LEGO models made another robot pick!

Share my CUUSOO entry with everyone amongst these internets! Support my entry simply by logging in and leaving feedback. With enough votes of support, the employees of LEGO will personally review these models as potentially being sold as real toys. In fact, this is precisely how the recent LEGO Minecraft series first got launched — as a fan suggestion just like this!

-Baron von Brunk

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New Nintendoformer - “Moltron”, a replica Pokémon Red cartridge that transforms into a futuristic robotic version of legendary bird Moltres!

Using the same basic transformation cycle, construction and label-application method as my Tetris game bird Tetrawing, this robot is part of a new series I’m making of Game Boy games that turn into legendary birds. I sort of jumped the gun with this one, as I planned on making all three original birds simultaneously: Articuno as Pokémon Blue and Zapdos as Pokémon Yellow — which are currently awaiting their remaining pieces to arrive in the mail from Bricklink.com. Stay tuned, kids!

-Baron von Brunk


P.S. - Be sure to vote and support this entry on CUUSOO!

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Coming soon: Baronvonbrunk.com promotional print items! First up are the 4”x6” glossy promo cards (seen first) are being ordered in a mass quantity of 3,000 — printed front/back — and intended to be dropped off in small stacks amongst local bars/clubs in New York! I’ll also be slipping some of these bad boys in raffle bags at burlesque shows where I donate prizes, so be on the lookout.

The stickers are of my legendary Nintendoformers: Domaster, Tetrawing, and Plasmashock. 2,000 units of Plasmashock/Zapper vector art stickers, 2,000 units of Domaster & Tetrawing vector art stickers, and limited quantities of 1,000 Domaster & Tetrawing/Game Boy & cartridge photo stickers are going to be for sale on my site soon. I’ll probably sell them in packs of 5-10 rather than in individual pieces. Please note: these stickers are full-color and UV gloss coated, but according to the printing site (Uprinting.com), they’re not entirely weather-proof, ergo I wouldn’t recommend plastering these on outdoor conduit boxes and telephone poles (also because I don’t condone graffiti nor vandalism). You’re probably better off sticking ‘em on your laptops, guitar cases or amps — in fact, I hear tell placing one on your amp will make it go up to 11!

If these sell well, I will eventually spring forward and order durable vinyl screen-printed stickers (which are weather-proof), as well as inevitably screen-printed t-shirts. Stay tuned, Brunkamaniacs!

My grand order was just placed moments ago, and with any luck, the turnaround time will bring them here by mid-June!

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First phase of my forthcoming Game Boy Transformer t-shirt design! I’m going to splurge the money and get all sorts of extra colors and materials used in this design — notably the glow-in-the-dark and fluorescent ink! Everything you see that appears to be lime green shall have a layer of glowing ink over top of it, and everything gray shall possibly have metallic glitter or silver on it.
I can’t name a definite date as to when these will be for sale, but probably within the next months or so, and the unit cost will be between $15-25, assuming the production costs aren’t too high. Remember, I’m not out to get rich, I’m out to slap my artwork on the chest of every decent geek in the nation! And yes, I’ll probably create a Plasmashock NES Zapper shirt, too!
By the way, please help support this original LEGO creation on CUUSOO — if we can get 10,000 supporters, LEGO Group will personally discuss having this sold as a real toy! Supporting doesn’t mean paying any money; simply login to CUUSOO, click “support” and leave some quick feedback!
-Baron von Brunk

First phase of my forthcoming Game Boy Transformer t-shirt design! I’m going to splurge the money and get all sorts of extra colors and materials used in this design — notably the glow-in-the-dark and fluorescent ink! Everything you see that appears to be lime green shall have a layer of glowing ink over top of it, and everything gray shall possibly have metallic glitter or silver on it.

I can’t name a definite date as to when these will be for sale, but probably within the next months or so, and the unit cost will be between $15-25, assuming the production costs aren’t too high. Remember, I’m not out to get rich, I’m out to slap my artwork on the chest of every decent geek in the nation! And yes, I’ll probably create a Plasmashock NES Zapper shirt, too!

By the way, please help support this original LEGO creation on CUUSOO — if we can get 10,000 supporters, LEGO Group will personally discuss having this sold as a real toy! Supporting doesn’t mean paying any money; simply login to CUUSOO, click “support” and leave some quick feedback!

-Baron von Brunk

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Tell the world the universe belongs to us today!
May 2012 Nintendo Power, pages 94 & 95 — my ground-breaking interview and photo spread! Buy five copies for your mothers, as instructed by Dr. Hook in the hit song “Cover of Rolling Stone!” By the way, I picked up three copies of this issue at Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, and yes, I showed it off to a bunch of the employees!
-Baron von Brunk

(photo by Tim Sypasong)

Tell the world the universe belongs to us today!

May 2012 Nintendo Power, pages 94 & 95 — my ground-breaking interview and photo spread! Buy five copies for your mothers, as instructed by Dr. Hook in the hit song “Cover of Rolling Stone!” By the way, I picked up three copies of this issue at Nintendo World Store in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, and yes, I showed it off to a bunch of the employees!

-Baron von Brunk

(photo by Tim Sypasong)

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You wanted the ultimate fan tribute to video games, Transformers & LEGO united as one, so I created The Nintendoformers! Next you wanted to potentially take a stab at building your own clone versions, so I provided you with instructions! And now, Brunkamaniacs, we can possibly have these bad boys mass marketed de facto and de jure — if we can get 10,000 supporters on LEGO Cuusoo, the fine folks at the research & development team of LEGO Group will personally review and make arrangements to have this sold as a real set — with an actual license from Nintendo and/or Hasbro!
http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14089 - simply join, click “support”, leave feedback and share! No money nor donations of any kind required, folks!
Brunkamania lives forever!
-Baron von Brunk
P.S. - Check out May 2012’s issue of Nintendo Power… I’ll be interviewed in a 2-page spread in regards to these projects and my airship!

You wanted the ultimate fan tribute to video games, Transformers & LEGO united as one, so I created The Nintendoformers! Next you wanted to potentially take a stab at building your own clone versions, so I provided you with instructions! And now, Brunkamaniacs, we can possibly have these bad boys mass marketed de facto and de jure — if we can get 10,000 supporters on LEGO Cuusoo, the fine folks at the research & development team of LEGO Group will personally review and make arrangements to have this sold as a real set — with an actual license from Nintendo and/or Hasbro!

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14089 - simply join, click “support”, leave feedback and share! No money nor donations of any kind required, folks!

Brunkamania lives forever!

-Baron von Brunk

P.S. - Check out May 2012’s issue of Nintendo Power… I’ll be interviewed in a 2-page spread in regards to these projects and my airship!

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LEGO / Game Boy / Transformers instructional guide & parts list!

At last, the long-anticipated 3-D instructional guide of the ever so popular LEGO / Game Boy / Transformers mashup! In the link below, you’ll see step-by-step building instructions, in addition to a complete list of parts, resources where to download the custom labels, and further reading — like making your own multicolored clones and design variations…

http://www.instructables.com/id/LEGO-Game-Boy-Transformer-Official-Parts-List-/

Some of the 3-D CAD renders which you’ll see in the guide:

-Baron von Brunk

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A sneak peek of my forthcoming instructional guide and parts list for Domaster: the battery instructions! Please note: the “light gray” 1x1 stud plate is supposed to be the metallic silver color (or flat silver), however the 3-D CAD tools only have basic traditional colors in its library.

A sneak peek of my forthcoming instructional guide and parts list for Domaster: the battery instructions! Please note: the “light gray” 1x1 stud plate is supposed to be the metallic silver color (or flat silver), however the 3-D CAD tools only have basic traditional colors in its library.

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Behold: Domaster & Tetrawing — heroic Nintendobots! Transforming from Game Boy system & Tetris game to robot & bird, and back!

Update 4/11/2012 - Want to see these bad boys mass marketed in major retailers? Then help support the latest CUUSOO entry! If we gain 10,000 supporters — who support by simply joining, voting and commenting, and NOT through donations — LEGO will personally consider having this sold as a real toy!

Update 4/8/2012 - The instructional guide is now completed and ready for viewing on Instructables! Parts list, transformation cycles, and information on obtaining pieces — all included!

The name Domaster is an amalgamation of "Dot Matrix with Stereo Sound", the blurb written above the screens of old Game Boys. The name Tetrawing was coined by New York burlesque girl Dangrr Doll (@dangrrr_doll on Twitter) who does a nerdy Tetris-themed routine with D20 Burlesque!

This project was the sequel to my popular Nintendo/Transformers crossover, "Plasmashock" the NES Zapper. I spent about a month or so (give or take) working on this Game Boy and cartridge — the latter of the two took freakin’ forever to engineer properly. The final touches of the Game Boy came the custom water-slide clear decals that I printed for the first time ever, and surprisingly didn’t screw up a whole lot (aside from the obvious crooked “Nintendo Game” half above the right thigh of the robot). Also, the “Dot Matrix” label printed out much darker than expected on my laser printer, ergo it’s hard to see — but the blue-on-gray text for the buttons and Game Boy logo look damn fine! As for Tetrawing, his sticker is actually a high-res computer printout on glossy paper, cut apart like a puzzle and decoupaged to his LEGO frame with the help of Elmer’s Glue.

The 2 AA battery blasters are a nice touch, if I must say so myself. It wasn’t really difficult trying to engineer a sturdy but hollow system for the back of the legs to keep the two batteries — if anything, the head and arms took the longest to build on the robot. The arms turn sideways and fold behind the screen, whilst the head is attached to a series of hooks and hinges to fold back. The robot’s feet fold at 90° angles and then slide into the lower legs. The legs rotate and form the bottom of the Game Boy. I used tiles to create the D-pad, A & B buttons, and the Select/Start buttons — which also took some time to figure out — originally I had planned to use thin, small gray bars to be the Select/Start buttons, and even tried using the small headlight clips from Star Wars Clone Trooper helmets.

-Baron von Brunk

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